The two signings Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to make before transfer deadline | Football | Sport


The Manchester United manager has done three deals so far this summer, signing Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively for just shy of £70million combined before recruiting Harry Maguire yesterday.

The Red Devils paid £80million – the highest amount ever for a defender – to sign Maguire from Leicester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, has plans on bringing in two more signings if he gets his way.

United have been linked with Bruno Fernandes and Paulo Dybala with the Norwegian boss keen to continue bolstering up top.

But it has recently emerged that Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes is not as serious a target as had been suggested in Portugal.

And a deal for Dybala collapsed as United had reservations about the player’s desire to move to Old Trafford.

The Argentine play-maker was also thought to be demanding wages that would make him one of the club’s top earners alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, which United did not want to sanction.

The Evening Standard report however that a midfielder and an attacker remain in Solskjaer’s plans.

Mario Mandzukic is another who was talked about as a United target but with a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and Dybala having fallen apart, it is unlikely Dybala’s Juve team-mate will be moving to the Premier League.

The report claims talks between the two clubs have stalled regarding the Croatian.

United could look to land Tottenham play-maker Christian Eriksen before the deadline with the Dane, who has just one year left on his Spurs deal, a long-time target.

They are believed to have made their interest known in the 27-year-old.

It is claimed that Solskjaer would however be comfortable going into the new campaign without any more recruits.

United only have 48 hours to do any more deals and they took time to reach agreements for Wan-Bissaka and Maguire, casting doubt over their ability to secure more signings at such a late stage in the window.

The 20-time top-flight champions finished sixth in the Premier League last season as they leaked 54 goals in 38 games.

But Solskjaer is seemingly satisfied with his new look back-line, which will see new boy Maguire partner Victor Lindelof in the centre with Wan-Bissaka at right-back and Luke Shaw on the left.

Further forward, United have lined up in pre-season in several formations although a 4-2-3-1 system with Marcus Rashford leading the line, James on the right, Jesse Lingard as a No 10 and Anthony Martial on the left-hand side. 

Their central midfield pairing is currently unclear with Paul Pogba potentially leaving United before the window closes.

Real Madrid had a bid of £27.6million (€30m) and James Rodriguez rejected for the Frenchman but the Spanish giants are likely to return with an improved offer given manager Zinedine Zidane’s desire to link up with his compatriot.

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